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University of Florida

UF Researchers Preparing To Send Life To Mars

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Rob Ferl robferl@ufl.edu, 352-392-1928, ext. 301
Anna-Lisa Paul alp@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-222-6971 (cell)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With a fleet of space probes on their way to the Red Planet, fans of Mars exploration are bound to be on the edges of their seats this holiday season.

While the rest of the world waits to see whether one European Beagle 2 probe makes a successful Christmas-morning touchdown on Mars – followed by the American Mars Spirit and Mars Opportunity probes on Jan. 3 and Jan. 24 — researchers at the University of Florida are planning for future missions that could send life to Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. (more …)

UF Experts, Public Put New Poinsettia Varieties To The Test

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Source:
Jim Barrett jbarrett@ifas.ufl.edu, 352-392-1831 ext. 234

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Think you’re having a stressful holiday season? Just be glad you aren’t a pretty red flower in a greenhouse on the University of Florida campus – where poinsettias are currently on trial.

This week, UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is hosting its eighth annual round of poinsettia trials, an event that brings UF experts and local residents together to pass judgment on dozens of new varieties of the flower. Just one of three such events held in the United States each year, the UF poinsettia trials are crucial in determining which flowers will make it to the store shelves next year. (more …)

New Director Named At UF/IFAS Belle Glade Center

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BELLE GLADE, FLA.— Christine T. Waddill has been named the new director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. Waddill served for eight years as head of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).

Waddill’s appointment was announced by UF Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mike Martin. (more …)

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